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Peru - possible w/o experience or cert.?

 
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lebishar



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Peru - possible w/o experience or cert.? Reply with quote

I'm a young American with a B.A., no teaching experience, and no certification. I originally wanted to move to Morocco to teach, but after applying to a few jobs there, and reading up on it, it looks like Morocco might not be a good place to start out. After reading quite a bit of this forum, it seems Asia and South America are the most likely places to find a job. I've applied to a few schools in Asia by email, but am more interested in South America.

I really appreciate the information available on this forum, especially the great posts by naturegirl. I have a few points I'd like to be sure on, though, before I fly to Peru.

Here are my questions: It sounds like I have more of a chance of getting a job in Peru than in other South American countries. Is this true? I'm also under the impression that it's not possible to arrange a job beforehand, that I should simply fly there and see what happens.

I have no qualms about working illegally, but I am, I must admit, a little worried that after I arrive in Peru I simply won't be able to find a job. So what do you think my chances are of finding work after I arrive? Also, is $500 a month enough to live on before securing a job? Finally, is there a particular time of year that it is best to start looking? Should I come in September, or can I come whenever is convenient for me?
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course, as long as you have a pulse you can teach in Peru. Don't expect a visa, expect about 8usd an hour. I PMed you with more info

Here are my questions: It sounds like I have more of a chance of getting a job in Peru than in other South American countries. Is this true? Yes, it's easy to get jobs. GOod jobs, are hard. You might have to work at a couple of places.

So what do you think my chances are of finding work after I arrive? Very good, but like I said, you'll probably have to work at a couple of places.

Also, is $500 a month enough to live on before securing a job? Dependshow you live, I have friends who pay 1900usd just for a flat. 500 is decent, but you won't be taking taxis all over the place.

Finally, is there a particular time of year that it is best to start looking? Should I come in September, or can I come whenever is convenient for me? Don't come at the end of July, Christmas, Easter, or Jan or Feb. Otherwise you should be fine.
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McRae



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:29 am    Post subject: Also interested in heading to Peru without experience Reply with quote

I plan to head to Peru to begin my TEFL experience. Naturegirl, I noticed the times you posted as bad options to head to Peru. As of now, my plans are to head down by the first of February. I was wondering why those are bad months? The reason I can think of is that the year has already begun and teachers are already secured into their positions.

Another post mentioned June/July were great times to head down. Would you agree with this?

I would love to hear how an initial experience went from each of you, Naturegirl and Lebishar.
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jooooooey



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

July is good if you have money to sit on--it`s a good time to get hired but there are a lot of holidays that month so you won`t work much until August. The other times I don`t know.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, just saw this now. Jan and Feb are vacation time, so there will be less classes. End of July is BAD, it's independence and again, lots of cancelled classes.
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dannyd321



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without a BA at 19 years old, with some experience and fluency in Spanish and English what would be my chances of getting a job? Would it be too much of a risk, or should I look elsewhere in Latin America?
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kona



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never taught in Peru, but I've taught in Mexico and have known people that have taught in Peru. You would probably have no chance whatsoever in getting a work permit (even teachers with solid qualifications have trouble with this, unless they're at a international school), and you probably would be working with lower tier institutes.

That being said, if it's anything like Mexico, then you can for sure get work. I knew a few people there who had no BA or cert.

Just make sure you have enough cash for an escape if need be; better to be broke in the states/canada than broke in Peru.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

19, with no degree I'd get a degree if I were you. A BA has become what a HS dip was years ago. Yes, of course, you might be able to get a job. ANd people have and people will, but gettinga BA will open a lot more doors.
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